So I’m a good Gears player. I’m not this amazing highlight film player, in fact I’d say I’m only above average in the context of a 1v1 gnasher battle. I will beat everyone I’m supposed to beat, but get destroyed by diamonds. What’s always made me a good, winning player though is that I’m smart. I pick my battles well, I retreat when I don’t have the advantage, I mark enemies, I use the lancer when appropriate, I’m mindful of power weapon timers, etc. This game isn’t rocket science, but it’s not just running around twitching and shooting either. There’s a nuance to it. I’ve always called Gears “The thinking man’s shooter.”
Well in GoW4 I mostly play KoTH and generally I’m a winning player, and in games I lose I’m usually first or second on my team in scoring. Well lately GoW4 matchmaking has been putting me in games full of Diamond players (even though I’m currently only Onyx 1, highest ever was Onyx 3) and WOWWWW am I overmatched! I played 5 matches last night just trying to get that one last win before bed and absolutely got destroyed. Again, I’m not the best player out there, but I’m good enough I virtually never get stomped. But last night I got STOMPED. The intelligence that high level players display in their positioning as well as coordinating their assault on the capture point was…inspiring. When I’m stuck in a game of golds and people are just sprinting head first towards the hill it’s so frustrating. Like wtf are you trying to do, just 1v5 everybody all game? It never works. But these diamonds are never ever in the wrong spot, and JFC I must have won only maybe 15-20% of my 1v1 gnasher battles last night.
Again I was just really surprised by exactly HOW different a game full of golds is compared to a game full of diamonds.
I don’t think I’m sharing anything people don’t already know, and for the most part I already knew it too, but to actually see the game played at the highest level and feel what it feels like to get bested by superior players over and over…yikes.
Also, I finally gave up after losing all 5 games at about 1am and found that my basement had flooded, and while I was inspecting the damage, my 1 year old son woke up screaming in his crib. Great night all around!